You might already be aware that unusual food cravings are a part of pregnancy, but you may want to watch what you eat as you look to quell these urges. Junk food might not be ideal for you, your waistline or your unborn child, according to a new study published in the Journal of The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
Women who eat salty and sugary foods during their pregnancy calendar change the development of the opioid signaling pathway in the brains of their children. Over time, the kids develop tolerance to junk food and experience positive sensations when eating it.
"The results of this research will ultimately allow us to better inform pregnant women about the lasting effect their diet has on the development of their child's lifelong good preferences and risk of metabolic disease," said Beverly Muhlhausler, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the FOODplus Research Center at the School of Agriculture Food and Wine at The University of Adelaide. "Hopefully, this will encourage mothers to make healthier diet choices which will lead to healthier children."
Eating healthy while pregnant
You're bound to experience strange food cravings while expecting, but it's crucial to be mindful of what you put into your body. Certain nutrients and vitamins are necessary to ensure your baby is healthy from the moment he or she is born. Some of the foods you'll want to incorporate into your diet include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meat and dairy products, according to the Mayo Clinic. Stay away from uncooked, raw foods that may contain bacteria and pose a threat to your health.
How have you made sure your baby is getting the nutrients he or she needs while you're pregnant? Do you have any tips for staying away from junk food? Leave your feedback in the comments section!